Returning Citizens – Feature Documentary (completed)
One in ten DC residents have been incarcerated. Calling themselves “Returning Citizens”, this population is now banding together to lead the charge on what they see as the last bastion of a civil human rights issue. From freshly released individuals trying to find shelter, to activists who have successfully re-entered, Returning Citizens focuses on a passionate, close-knit community of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with.
“Returning Citizens” casts a light on what is needed in order to provide the formerly incarcerated, who have paid their debt to society, with a true second chance.
Director – Saffron Cassaday
Writer – Saffron Cassaday, Brenda Rusnak
Production Company – The Best Part Inc.
Release Date – July 2017 in the U.S./March 2018 in Canada
Fast Company: This New Documentary Shows the Struggle To Help People Coming Home From Prison
La Movie Boeuf
Medium.com: Returning Citizens and Criminal Justice Reform
Documentary News: “Returning Citizens” Explores Washington D.C. Residents Struggles After Time in Prison
Women and Hollywood: Exclusive: Women Re-Adjust to Life Outside of Prison in Clip of “Returning Citizens”
Yonah.org: Returning Citizens: How Ex-prisoners Fight For Their Lives on the Loose
WTOP: Documentary ‘Returning Citizens’ explores D.C. residents’ struggle after time in prison